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The MegaScout is a wholly new robot platform developed at the University of Minnesota to work in conjunction with a Scout team. The MegaScout is intended to provide command and control support for a Scout team as well as perform independently. The MegaScouts are still in their early prototyping stages, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

Length: 37 cm
Diameter: 13 cm (main body)
Weight: 12 kg
Top Speed: Standard wheel 5.3 m/s
Balloon wheel 7.2 m/s
Actuated wheel ??? m/s
Sensors: Color Tilt Camera
Color USB Camera
Eltec Pyroelectric Sensor
GP2D02 Range Finder
Batteries: 250 Wh Lithium Polymer
Operational Lifetime: Quiescent Mode: approx. 20 hours
Reconnaissance Mode: approx. 5-7.5 hours
Communications: Primary: 802.11b
Optional: 900Mhz FM Video


Standard  equipped MegaScout A standard equipped MegaScout
Balloon tire  equipped MegaScout A MegaScout equipped with rugged tires for increased shock absorption and traction
Actuating wheel  equipped MegaScout A MegaScout equipped with actuating wheels
MegaScout_best Demo
The MegaScout in action.
(18MB mpeg)
MegaScout_fall Demo
The MegaScout taking 6 consecutive falls with no damage.
(12.5MB mpeg)
MegaScout_rendered Demo
A rendered image of the MegaScout.
(800K mpeg)
MegaScout_slope Demo
MegaScout moving up a steep incline.
(6MB mpeg)
MegaScout_speed Demo
MegaScout moving at high velocity.
(6MB mpeg)
MegaScout_team Demo
Two teleoperated MegaScouts.
(9MB mpeg)
MegaScout_video Demo
Video from a MegaScout camera.
(786K mpeg)
Pull_Andrew Demo
A MegaScout demonstrating its pulling power.
(1.5MB mpeg)

Bradley Kratochvil, Ian T. Burt, Andrew Drenner, Derek Goerke, Bennett Jackson, Colin McMillen, Christopher Olson, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Adam Pfeifer, Sascha A. Stoeter, Kristen Stubbs, David Waletzko. "Heterogeneous Implementation of an Adaptive Robotic Sensing Team." Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2003.